Unique Features of Crisis Management
- Crisis management takes a meta-view of the crisis examining the processes and contexts in which crises are embedded
- Family therapy addresses the processes that foster recurrent family crises
- Family therapy addresses the family vulnerabilities while accessing the family resiliencies and resources
Impact of Crisis Management on Therapists
Exposure to family distress and despair impacts therapists’…
- Level of energy
- Level of creativity
- Level of perceived empowerment
- Level of effectiveness
Providing therapy to families in perpetual crisis often tempts therapists to work harder than the family. When therapy is dependent upon the therapist’s work, families have difficulty discovering the abilities and resources needed to resolve the crisis on their own.
Recommendations for Therapists
- Seek supportive supervision
- “…not only an investment in the personal and professional development of family therapists, but it has a direct link to clinical outcome.” (Boyd-Franklin & Bry, 2000, p. 202)
- Foster relationships with multidisciplinary teams of helpers who compliment each others’ work with the family and mitigate the isolation home-based family therapists often experience.
- Seek ongoing training experiences that familiarize you with the most current best practices available for providing effective home-based family therapy.
- Engage in personal family work
“The family worker who is able to address painful issues in his/her own family will be better able to work with the extreme pain and despair in chronic, crisis-oriented families. Given the intense emotional climate of families in perpetual crisis, practitioners must be capable of feeling their own emotions and keeping themselves free enough to both understand their position in family-practitioner interactions and intervene in the turmoil around them.” (Kagan & Schlosberg, 1989, p. 68)